What is Gum Turpentine?
Gum Turpentine is obtained by the distillation of sap tapped from living pine trees. Turpentine has more solvency than mineral spirits or odourless mineral spirits. Its high solvent strength makes it the best choice for thinning oils and natural resins.
This is the traditional artists’ thinner (diluent) for oil colours, mediums and varnishes. It improves the flow and dissolves wet oil colours easily and evaporates readily. Add directly to oil colours, mediums or varnishes for thinning; soak brushes well to remove colour or varnish.
Turpentine is considered to be a better solvent than mineral spirits, and the best solvent for natural resins, such as damar and mastic. It readily dissolves most of the natural varnish resins.